PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – The COVID-19 pandemic’s economic toll hit a lot of people hard, but new figures show it’s been especially difficult for working moms looking to find daycare services.
Economists and child care specialists say the pandemic has caused a female-centered recession.READ MORE: Parents Watch Clairton-Leechburg Football Game From Outside The Stadium
According to the RAND Corporation and the state, the pandemic job cuts hit a lot of industries that tend to employ women. And, according to recent studies, while there are a lot of jobs now available, many women are not heading back to work because they don’t have a lot of childcare options. Many daycares are still closed or on limited enrollment.READ MORE: Fourth Stimulus Check: Will You See Another Relief Payment Soon?
According to a study by the Penn State Center for Economic Community Development, the most recent unemployment numbers in May show 22 percent of women applied for unemployment while only 19 percent of men did. And experts say it’s been that way, with more women filing for unemployment than men, from the beginning of the pandemic.
In fact, in October, the unemployment rate for women was higher than that of men in all but 12 of the state’s 67 counties.MORE NEWS: UPMC Children's Hospital Leaders Say Hospital Will Not Turn Kids Away Or Ration Care Amid Increase In Patients
Making this situation worse, child care doesn’t pay very well, so the daycares that are open can’t find people to work. The hope is that when the state fully reopens, more child care will become available.